Official figures reveal that Cuba produces 7.2 times less meat than in 2018, which explains the lack of food and the high price of this product in stores.
According to a report from the Porcine Research Institute (IIP), five years ago, about 200,000 tons of pork were produced, while the following years began to see a marked decline, reaching 27,000 tons with work.
As is often the case with this type of report, the general director of the IIP, Dr. Yusleidys Pérez Prats, regretted the embargo of the United States, saying that its strengthening limited access to raw materials used to feed pigs.
In this regard, the designated president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, called on the scientific community to find alternatives to solve the problem of feeding pigs.
Specialists from the Center for Accounting, Financial, and Insurance Studies (CECOFIS) in Havana suggest that a greater integration of organizations and institutions be used “to face the challenge.”
Experts such as the engineer José Ramírez and the Master of Science Jorge Luis Piloto indicated in the official press that food represents between 70 and 80% of the total cost of production, so it is necessary to have one efficient way to handle food.
To maintain the illusion that officials are doing something about it, it was agreed at the last meeting to create a WhatsApp chat between the working groups to “enhance the continuous exchange of experiences.”
The government insists on blaming the embargo for everything bad that happens on the island; however, the policy has been in place for more than 60 years, suggesting that the reduction in pork production is a problem that fell to the Castro regime. the mismanagement of the island’s resources.
In addition, the aforementioned US sanctions do not apply to the purchase of food and medicine, something clarified by the North American authorities of the island.
The latter can be seen in the latest report from the US-Cuba Economic and Trade Council (USTEC), which reveals that the island imports almost 40 million dollars worth of food from the United States.